fly*s Cube600

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by fly*, 24 Mar 2011.

  1. fly*

    fly* MASA Contributor

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    Righty,

    So I started a thread awhile back where I had lofty ideas of creating something similar to this using a JBJ24G.

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    Everything went well until I discovered that the tank was too scratched to be able to use as a display tank. The system is still going however its being used as a QT and frag tank atm. Here's a pic of how it is now.

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    Anyways.....I was shopping at Cash Converters and I found this itank going for a song and thought, hell that's exactly what i'm looking for.

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    So this build is based on this tank and the wunderland inspiration :)
     
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  3. archiecrain

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    wow nice find! If I may ask what did it set you back?
     
  4. fly*

    fly* Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    The dimensions are 610x610x650 with the level at 610 which will set the volume at around 200L + another 30L for the sump. Here's what I want to do.

    Cabinet and cosmetics: Cabinet will be sprayed ebony, I cannot handle oak! and the back of the tank I will blacked out with vinyl.

    Lights: 4 x 36w LED PAR38 Cree units + 3 x 5w RGB LED Royal Blues + 2 x 24w 12000K Reefteks. The LEDs will be in the center in a 2 x 2 config, the 3 actincs will go inbetween those and the 2 x 24w will be at the far ends to take up the slack. I'll leave some extra space for more T5's if the LEDs dont pan out. I'm hoping that wont be the case but theres only one way to find out isnt there

    Overflow and drilling: IM Center skinny overflow with one outlet and 2 return, one coming up on each side of the overflow. The plumbing will be 32mm.

    Internal Flow: 2 x Boyu WM1's on a wave timer plus a Polario 4ML. So the Polario will sit in the upper center while the WM1's, lower right and left under the returns (or vice versa, need to discuss with Louis). "Should" be enough flow. The 4ML manages to sift enough substrate in the 120L but I dont know how much of an impact it will have on the 200L. Only one way to find out.

    Substrate: I like the look of playsand so i'll probably go this route.

    Filteration: After some thought, some discussion and a bit of research i've decided to go the carbon dosing route with vodka. I will more than likely head towards a Zeo route and that is set for the end of this month unless my Cat has to go to the vet again. I have already purchased a Skimz SM121 to handle that side of things.

    Sump: its only really the Skimmer I need to think about here. The return pump will be a Sicce Suprema 3700lph.

    And here's my stocking list.

    Fish

    2 x clowns (residence in my nano)
    1 x byno goby (residence in my nano)
    1 x flame angel (residence in my nano)
    1 x royal gamma
    1 x Midas blenny
    2 - 3 x chromis
    1 x lawnmower blenny (maybe, need to see how it'll get along with the byno)
    1 x Yellow Tang

    Inverts


    2 x cleaner shrimp
    1 x blue legged hermits (residence in my nano)
    2 x turbo snails (residence in my nano)
    1 x brittle star

    Here's some more pics for the *****s.

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    The Skimz SM121

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    The Sicce Suprema - This is a badass little pump, its tiny for 3700lph :)

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    And one of the LED units currently in use over my 24G.

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  5. Tony

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    Looks like a plan. Is the eggcrate supports above in your tank?
     
  6. fly*

    fly* Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Whats that??? You want more pics???

    Here's the cabinet being sanded down over this long weekend, its had its 1st few coats sprayed, I just need to do some more sanding a couple more coats and we should be good to go :)

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    I got may tank back yesterday from Idol Marine and I was very happy with what they had done. I asked them for a skinny overflow with a Aqua Medic comb attached. The plumbing is 32mm although I will more than likely go with 20mm returns.

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    And now with the vinyl backing :)

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    fly* Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    R1700 incl a Fluval External filter I sold for R350 :) So all in all, R1350!


    Yeah, it works like a charm as frag holders :)
     
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    awesome build you got going, that overflow looks great.....going to be tagging this one for sure!
     
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    I agree... Overflow design is v:thumbup:ery cool....
     
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    Stunning tank and build so far! I know this is going to be a beaut! :)
     
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    Too slow. Fill it already! :tt2:
     
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    looking awesome i will be tagging along on this build, well done :thumbup:
     
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    looking good man..
     
  14. fly*

    fly* Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys, looking forward to it :)
     
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    ah, I helped to load this tank yesterday (well sort off with one hand....)

    I actually had a long look at the tank before you came in to pick it up. I really like it. Nice. I'm looking for something like that in the future for a dedicated anemone tank. One day....

    Anyway, enjoy your setup.:thumbup:
     
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    looking good love cubes
    tagging
     
  17. gaboon

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    Looking good fly, I cant help laughing at the carpets though, I flood my place weekly.
     
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    Very nice Fly,can you tell me more about the led light unit.
     
  19. fly*

    fly* Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Without that hand though the tank wouldnt have gone in ;)


    The tank wont be in this room, its gonna be in the lounge with a tiled floor. I'll be ripping up these carpets soon though and replaced with laminate.


    Aslam they are PAR38s with 12 Cree 3w 90 degree LED's. The 4 center LED's are royal blue while the outer 8 are between 8 - 10k. They dont give you the exact spec but they are pretty white. I have a unit currently over my frag tank which seems to be doing great. I'm hoping to put either 3 or 4 units in the hood and because of the hood dimensions they will be about 50 - 60mm off the water hence the 90 degree optics. However I do have spare 60 degree optics should the 90s not work. On top of this I bought 3 x 5w RGB LEDs that I can shape the color. Im planning for these guys to be the actinics or whatever shade works for the tank. Initial tests with these units have been very impressive.

    I initially had a 150w MH planned for the build but it just runs too hot and with the canopy it wouldve cooked the tank.


    I've been planning this hood for awhile now and tbh there is so much controversy around LEDs that the only way you can really find out if they work or not is just to dive in feet 1st. If they work, awsome, if not I have a backup plan. Only one way to find out though :)
     
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    Hello Fly,thank you for the informative explanation.Will be tagging along as I would also like to burn led's.
     
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    fly* Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    The hood part of this build is the most exciting for me and I have some big plans and high hopes. Now if only I had the same enthusiasm for the sump :D
     
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